17 days in Germany Itinerary

17 days in Germany Itinerary

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17 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Berlin
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Dresden
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nuremberg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Munich
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Berlin

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gendarmenmarkt and Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, admire the landmark architecture of Reichstag Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and take in nature's colorful creations at Großer Tiergarten.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Berlin day trip planning app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Berlin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Gendarmenmarkt ©
Gendarmenmarkt
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

3
nights
Dresden

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Step off the beaten path and head to Frauenkirche and Neues Grünes Gewölbe. Go for a jaunt from Dresden to Zwickau to see Horch Museum about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, appreciate the extensive heritage of Theaterplatz, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Saxon Switzerland National Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Cross.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Dresden day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Dresden, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Saxon Switzerland National Park, Horch Museum
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The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Procession of Princes ©
Procession of Princes
Saxon Switzerland National Park ©
Saxon Switzerland National Park

3
nights
Nuremberg

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände and Weissgerbergasse. Step out of Nuremberg to go to Bayreuth and see Eremitage, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, ponder the design of Der Schoene Brunnen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, and contemplate the long history of Hangman's Bridge.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Nuremberg trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Dresden to Nuremberg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Eremitage
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DB Museum (German Railway Museum) ©
DB Museum (German Railway Museum)
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg

1
night
Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber ©
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. On the 19th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Das Wildbad and then admire the local landmark of St. Georgs Brunnen.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rothenburg ob der Tauber tour planner .

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Das Wildbad
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Das Wildbad ©
Das Wildbad
St. Georgs Brunnen ©
St. Georgs Brunnen

4
nights
Munich

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Theresienwiese and Nationalparkzentrum - Haus der Berge. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Marienplatz, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, explore the activities along English Garden, and get curious at Deutsches Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Munich takes 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Nationalparkzentrum - Haus der Berge
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Nationalparkzentrum - Haus der Berge ©
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

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